If you dream of playing at the next level then having the right soccer goalie equipment to train and play in is your first step to getting there. Every great craftsman needs the best set of tools for the job and if you're a keeper you're going to at least need to have the basics of performing at the highest level you can. Whether you're a keeper that's brand new or been around the block it's always wise to see what's out there and see if you can elevate your game with a couple small adjustments with your equipment.
The amount of equipment you could load up on can be a bit overwhelming at times so being sure to do your research on what you'll need exactly will save you a lot of headaches in the short and long term. From the basics to the fancy stuff the pro's use you'll be able to understand all the different elements of soccer goalie equipment that's out there. From gloves to training dummies and everything in between be sure to give this page a close look if you're a goalie that could use a couple extra pieces of shiny armour in their arsenal.
1. You Want It to Last - No use in buying cheap equipment and gear that isn't going to last you more than half a season. Pay a little extra now and be thankful you have a quality product that you can rely on each and ever training and game.
2. Performance - Especially in a position like goalkeeper the margins are so thin and having the right piece of equipment to train with or wear can be the difference in your performance on game day. The right shoe, glove or piece of equipment affects how you train which affects how you perform when it counts most.
3. Avoid Injury - A poorly build piece of soccer goalie equipment can put your body in compromising positions that lead to injury so for safety reasons you're going to want to get the right tool for the job. We all want a car with air bags and all the safety features to avoid serious injury should we be in an accident, no different here, get the right piece of equipment to keep you safe on the pitch as well.
4. Reliability - You don't want have to think twice if the piece of equipment you're using is going to do the job or tear/snap apart suddenly when you use it one day. Buying a quality piece of apparel or equipment allows you to be at ease when playing knowing you have something that will do the job without any issues.
5. Feel Good (Self Confidence) - Whether we like it or not when we look good we feel good and it can only help us when we're trying to play. When buying gear its okay if it looks good too and you feel good when wearing or using it, just be sure it passes all the other tests and you're not buying solely because of its fancy colours or design.
1. Stick To Name Brands - I know your Uncle in Portugal wants you to buy the latest cleats, gloves or jacket from Lisbon by some random company but do yourself a favour and stick to name brands such as Nike, Adidas an Puma when it comes to apparel, cleats and gloves and a company like SKLZ when buying your physical soccer goalie equipment for training.
2. Don't Go Too Cheap - Stay in the medium to high price range that way you know you're getting a high quality product. We get what we pay for so going with a cheap piece of equipment or pair of gloves will only have you kicking yourself later for not saving a bit longer and getting the top of the line version.
3. More Colourful Doesn't Mean Better - Just because the shoe, gloves, ball, cone or anything else looks cool with colourful colours it doesn't mean it's the one you should buy. Make sure the piece of soccer goalie equipment you're looking for is mad well and feels comfortable before you start to drool over it's design and colours, function over fashion.
4. All About Comfort - It's all about the right fit, you don't want something that doesn't feel right on your body while you have a thousand other things to worry about. Choose the right comfort and fit for you over everything else and you can't go wrong.
1. Going With What Your Idol Wears - Just because you see De Gea or Ederson wearing a certain type of gloves or cleats it doesn't mean they will suit you too. Although it works for them you need to find the equipment that works best for you and your game not just wear what they're wearing. Same thing goes for training equipment, find what works best for you not just what you see other pro's using.
2. Buying Online Without Trying - No matter the piece of soccer goalie equipment you want to have at least tried it once before buying it online. No matter how good the youtube video you saw or commercial is you're going to want to try it at training or even at your local store before going online and purchasing it for yourself. Although it looks good online you've got to see its durability, fit and function before buying it.
3. Random Brands - When buying soccer goalie equipment stick to name brands and not some random Polish brand your cousin put you on. When it comes to apparel and cleats for goalies you can't go wrong with Nike, Adidas or Puma and as for equipment SKLZ is the way to go for everything you may need from nets, to rebounders to speed ladders and anything else you can think of.
4. Too Good To Be True - Be careful of deals online (or in store) that seem too good to be true especially when it comes to balls and cleats. Typically these are cheaper knock offs that won't last you more than a month before you understood why it was so cheap in the first place. Like everything in life you get what you pay for.
5. Buying Without Researching - Be sure to read up on the different equipment and accessories you're considering buying to save you headaches down the road. There's nothing worse than paying decent money for something and having high expectations and receiving an absolute dud when you finally get it.
1. Only Use for Soccer - If you want your equipment (gloves especially) to last more than half a season then you're going to want to make sure you're not using them to save any cats from tries or do the gardening around the house. When it comes to your best soccer goalie equipment avoid using your cleats to go on hikes or play touch football with your buddies, your gloves for landscaping and any other pieces of equipment that's designed for the pitch. The more you use your equipment outside of the field the higher chance you run of damaging them and wearing them out, keep it for the pitch only.
2. Clean and Wash Regularly - If you're trying to get the most out of your equipment then cleaning and washing them after each use will help them last for the long haul. The more you let dirt and rocks build up on them the higher chance of a rip, tear or hole is to happen so be sure to wipe down and clean each piece of equipment (especially clothing) after every session.
3. Try Not To Lend Out - Yes we all know sharing is caring but try not make it habit to lend out all of your soccer goalie equipment on a regular basis. Whenever you lend our cleats or your gloves they never come back the same, they are either stretched, worn down or something just doesn't seem right about them anymore. Help a friend out but don't be lending your best equipment and gear out all the time.
4. Have A Training & Game Pair - If you can afford it when it comes to sliders, gloves and cleats try to have two copies of them and use one only for games and the other only for training. They don't have to be the same gloves and cleats but it would be best because you do want to train in the same stuff you're going to be playing in.
5. Don't Store in the Cold - Try not to store your gloves and cleats specifically in cold areas, if you've ever left a pair of boots or gloves in your garage or outside overnight in the winter you know what I'm talking about. They end up being stiff and damaged so whenever possible after washing and cleaning them keep them indoors at room temperature.
Well you can drive a car with your feet if you want to but it doesn't mean it's the best way to do it. Listen you don't have to break the bank to be able to train well on your own but you are going to want to at least have the basics when it comes to soccer goalie equipment to help elevate your training. Don't compromise on gloves, cleats and a ball, these are the three single most important pieces of equipment you will need and if you were stranded on an island and could only take three pieces of training equipment these would definitely be them.
If you want to take the next step in your evolution of a keeper you're going to want to get a speed ladder, some cones and some agility ladders to ensure you're covering all the physical attributes any top keeper needs to have. Beyond that leave it to your club to provide all the extra fancy gear you see the pro's using while you train with the most important foundational pieces of equipment. At the end of the day you want to be sure you have the technical and physical training elements covered when you step onto the pitch to get a workout in, sticking to the above advice will do just that for you.
As you can imagine professional players for top clubs use the best of the best. In the soccer circles this typically means they wear who is sponsoring them individually or their team. The typical big name sponsors for all things to do with team apparel and training gear are Nike, Adidas, Puma, Under Armour and New Balance (the first three specifically). So it's not uncommon to see the top goalies in the world wearing gloves, sliders, pants, cleats etc made from Nike, Adidas and Puma and to be honest you can't go wrong by following their lead. Although you may have your own specific preference with another brand which is fine but if your'e unsure, buying for the first time or looking for something new then going with the big three will put you on the right track. Below you'll find a list of the top end stuff pro's use outside of the basic gloves, balls and cones.